When you’re looking for something sweet, there’s nowhere better to go than the “Pie Capital of Texas.” Pies are serious business here in the City of Kyle, where all kinds of the sweet and savory confection are celebrated on your plate and in the town’s lively annual festivals. Yet that’s not all. When you visit Kyle, you can also ride horses and hot air balloons, taste Texas wines, tour a historic train depot, and visit the home of a literary legend. Located about 20 miles south of Austin, getting here couldn’t be any easier.
Why is Kyle Texas’ pie capital? For starters, it’s home to The Texas Pie Company, a bakery so famous it has been featured on NPR’s The Splendid Table and in Southern Living, The Austin Chronicle, The Knot, and other newspapers throughout the region. Located within a more than 100-year-old building in downtown Kyle, the bakery serves up everything from Dutch apple and strawberry peach to coconut cream and key lime pies. Yet its top seller is its southern pecan pie, so don’t leave without getting a slice. If you’re a pie fanatic, make sure you’re in Kyle on Labor Day weekend for the Kyle Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival. Not only does the event have a pie eating contest, a pie bake-off, pie cafe, live music, and vendors, it also features colorful hot air balloon floats and a fireworks show over Lake Kyle.
The pies are delicious, but Kyle’s history is just as enticing. Visit yesteryear at the Kyle Railroad Depot & Heritage Center, a fully restored depot that exhibits artifacts from 1917 through 1965. The railroad played an important part in the town’s origins. In 1880, Kyle was founded along the International and Great Northern Railroad by Captain Fergus Kyle (the town’s namesake) and D. R. Moore. They donated 200 acres of land to the railroad and much of the area’s lots were auctioned off under the grand Kyle Auction Oak. See more of Kyle’s past at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, the former home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, and the Kyle Log House, a well-preserved example of a double pen, dogtrot log home that’s full of stories. Take the Texas Historical Commission’s tour of the historical markers in Kyle for a deeper dive into the past.
Traveling with the whole gang? There are many family-friendly attractions in Kyle. Enjoy catch-and-release fishing on Lake Kyle, which also has an on-site playground. Go horseback riding and watch a polo match at County Line Polo Club and practice your drive at Plum Creek Golf Course. Burn off some energy at The Jumpy Place and then challenge each other to a friendly game of bowling at EVO Entertainment, where you can also watch movies while you dine in luxury recliners.
Kyle’s central location makes it the perfect base for day trips through the Texas Hill Country. Venture out to nearby Texas wineries like the Duchman Family Winery, Driftwood Estate Winery & Vineyard, Wimberley Valley Winery, and Bella Vista Ranch (where they also grow grapes and produce olive oils, vinegars, and soaps in addition to wine). Take in the nature, landscape, and wildlife the Texas Hill Country is known for at nearby state parks like Lockhart State Park, Palmetto State Park, McKinney Falls State Park, and Blanco State Park.
When you visit Kyle, there’s no telling what adventure awaits you around the bend. A great place to start is the Kyle GeoTour Challenge, a fun, interactive way to get to know this city. Whether you’re geocaching or sinking your teeth into some delicious pie, you’ll find any stay in Kyle is as sweet as can be. Discover more about what this Hill Country destination has to offer here.
Kyle, Texas , TX 78640